Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text An innovative model of vocational training by developing a simulation methodology in cuisine has been designed for the target group of mentally ill individuals. Our objetive: to facilitate their entry in the labour market.
Summary The project proposed aims to form an innovative synergy between various fields of expertise for the purpose of establishing a multifaceted vocational training in cooking for the target group suffering from mental illness, which can beyond objection be considered as marginalized when it comes to the labour market. The consortium hereby pushes towards surpassing the classical understanding of vocational training as a narrow process of acquiring technical professional knowledge, and it does so by introducing a simulation methodology for experiential learning to the operative aspect of vocational training to facilitate the acquirement of frequently underestimated soft skills. Concrete materials to be developed, produced and implemented in the framework of the project thus consist of an integral set of didactic tools for further application in different contexts. The vocational training model proposed shall therefore acquire its institutional form as a teaching manual with complete overview of each of the training modules, which shall be accompanied by a trainees textbook. The partners will also produce a teaching DVD and informative website not only to assist teachers with their pedagogic work, but also to disseminate the project within an imaginative public communication strategy. Since partner network is combined in such a way to demand for knowledge dissemination, partners will distribute responsibilities and tasks accordingly, some conceptually developing the curriculum and methodology, whereas others applying it through the pilot training, which will allow for the innovative partner synergy to optimize mutual expertise to the outmost level. And finally, concrete benefits of the project for the pilot trainees could be defined as cognitive (knowledge about nutrition, diet), social (interaction, work hierarchy, group dynamics) and practical (preparation and serving of food and beverages).
Description The essential aim of the project strives to establish an innovative model of vocational training by developing a simulation methodology, designed for the target group of mentally ill individuals in order to facilitate their entry in the labour market. The partners shall not merely develop a teaching methodology, but also the curriculum of the material to be taught, placing an important emphasis on national cuisine of the partners as the European dimension of the project. Concrete goals of the project envisage the production of the entire set of teaching tools required – (1) a manual (describing goals of the training program together with the conceptual approach to vocational training of the mentally ill, walking teachers through separate teaching modules with a complete description of curriculum, methodology, techniques used and important issues addressed); (2) trainees textbook (to provide an assisting tool for the trainees); (3) a teaching DVD (featuring practical examples of the training); (4) informative web platform. Another set of goals is related to the pilot practical training, which P1,P2 and P3 shall carry out. The trainees shall gain cognitive, social and practical skills in order to access the labour market. Moreover, since some training applying partners have an extended infrastructure/network of services, the food produced in the training shall be used for the wider needs of each of the partners, who have users and/or staff in other locations to be fed, thus forming an illustrative version of a self-sustaining non-profit economy, which could be considered as a legitimate option for future policies in the social, sanitary and rehabilitation area. The last aim of the project for P1 certainly and for other 2 partners conditionally is to employ some of vocational training attendees after the training is concluded and to promote others on the labour market, which on the long term implies an establishment of a dynamic employment system.
Access for disadvantaged
Utilization and distribution of results
Open and distance learning
Human Health and Social Work Activities
description of new occupation profiles
program or curricula
open and distance learning
Supervisory visits (curriculum).
Session reports for the staff (methodology).
Training of the trainers.
Videos of the pilot training sessions
DVD formation (teaching tool).
Cooking TV videos.
Scientific articles on the project subject.